Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino serves as the host for NCAIED’s Reservation Economic Summit (RES) New Mexico

SANTA FE, NM —The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) opened its Reservation Economic Summit (RES) today at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The event kicked off with a golf tournament, as well as the all-day Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!) – a first-of-its-kind event designed to get Native Youth interested in business and entrepreneurship.

RES, which is making an appearance in New Mexico for the first time ever, brings together tribal leaders, elected officials, representatives from business, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere. The opening general session of the conference is Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., with events throughout the day following the opening. The business trade show will officially open Wednesday morning. “RES New Mexico promises to be one of our best regional RES events, and we look forward to unveiling our Youth Entrepreneurship Summit as well as providing informative seminars and sessions designed to give RES participants the edge they need to succeed in business,” said NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis. “With our superb lineup of speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities and our sold out tradeshow, attendees are sure to benefit and grow their businesses by attending RES. NCAIED is excited to bring the power and benefits of RES to New Mexico, and we look forward to returning to the state next year.”
In addition to seminars and sessions across a wide variety of economic development topics, RES New Mexico will also feature a Native American business trade show, a Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, an Interactive Access to Capital Fair, a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Listening Session, an American Indian Art Market, and business scholarship presentations. The Native American 40 Under 40 Awards will also be presented during the Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) gala during the conference. RES New Mexico will also host a benefit dinner and auction for Valentino Rivera, son of former Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor George Rivera, who is recovering from severe injuries sustained in a March car accident.

New to RES is YES! – designed to inspire Native high school and college-aged students interested in business and entrepreneurship to hone their skills and learn more about what it takes to become successful in business. For the first time, NCAIED will partner with United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY) to collaborate on entrepreneurial programming specifically focused on American Indian youth. NCAIED believes this is the beginning of a more formal and expansive relationship with UNITY.

More information about RES New Mexico, including registration, can be found on NCAIED’s website at www.res.ncaied.org. The next RES – National RES in Las Vegas – will take place from March 21-24. It’s the 30th anniversary of National RES, and for the first time will take place at the Mirage. Please check the RES website (res.ncaied.org) for more information starting in late November.

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

CONTACT: Lewis Lowe; 706-302-8404